First Nations Development Institute Accepting Proposals for 2019 Native Youth & Culture Fund

Deadline: March 12, 2019

The First Nations Development Institute was established by the Native Youth & Culture Fund in 2002 in the belief that Native youth represent the future of Native communities and that their health and well-being determine the future overall health and well-being of those communities. By investing in its youth and giving them a sense of place and tradition, a community ensures that it will have bright and capable leaders in the future.

To that end, the institute is accepting proposals for projects focused on Native youth that incorporate culture and tradition to address issues such as drug and alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy, and mental health in Native communities. Through the fund, approximately twenty grants of up to $19,500 will be awarded to Native organizations and tribes looking for ways to preserve, strengthen, and/or renew Native culture and traditions among Native youth.

The institute encourages projects focused on the preservation, strengthening, or renewal of cultural and/or spiritual practices, beliefs, and values; that engage both youth and elders in activities with demonstrated methods for documenting traditional knowledge, practices, and/or beliefs; that strengthen youth leadership and capacity to lead through integrated educational or mentoring programs; and/or that increase access to and the sharing of cultural customs and beliefs through the use of appropriate technologies (traditional and/or modern).

Eligible entities include Native-controlled nonprofit organizations or Native-controlled community organizations. Examples include recognized tribal governments, native-controlled 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, native-controlled community organizations with fiscal sponsorship, and native section 7871 organizations. Organizations that are not a tribal government, 501(c)(3), or a section 7871 must have a fiscal sponsor. Urban groups that serve only off-reservation tribal members are unlikely to be funded, as the fund’s focus is on tribal communities.

The first deadline in the two-step proposal selection process is March 12, 2019. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit additional information by May 1, 2019.

See the First Nations Development Institute website for complete program guidelines and application instructions: